Friday, December 26, 2014

A. J. Showalter, and other links

The posting of links does not constitute an endorsement of the sites linked, and not necessarily even agreement with the specific posts linked.

* Anthony Johnson Showalter 1858 – 1924 -- "In 1884, he formed the Showalter Music Company of Dalton, Georgia, and proceeded to build it into one of the largest shape-note companies in the nation by the turn of the century."

* Hymn Meter and Tune Names -- "The composer...would often name the tune for the city, town or church where he was residing at the time he wrote the tune."
* Hymns: Sing and Shout -- "Exclusively oral in most congregations, psalmody depended upon a song leader "lining out" a verse for the congregation to repeat back."
* MY Business is to Sing: Emily Dickinson, Musician and Poet -- "Dickinson’s musical involvement and enthusiasm is expressed most abundantly in the sheet music that she collected."
* “Raymond Cooper Hamrick: Sacred Harp Craftsman” -- "...a short biography of [Raymond Cooper] Hamrick and an account of his prolific output as a Sacred Harp composer, has been published as the “Historical Profile” in Georgia Music News, Volume 72, Number 2 (Winter, 2011)."
* What Preachers May Not Know About the Church Hymnal -- "...interesting facts come to light when you take a really good look at the hymnal and the notes at the top and the bottom of the pages."
* William Bjornstad's Sacred Harp page at Find-A-Grave -- "...people who have been instrumental in teaching, singing, and promoting of Sacred Harp singing..."
* WordSing -- "Since 1978 George Lauderdale has been working on WordSing, the way to learn scripture through song.  Each chapter in the Bible has been summarized into four-lined stanzas based on the meter of favorite Hymns."

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